Lin-Manuel Miranda Says ‘Hamilton’ Is Still Applicable to the World Today and Here’s Why
The creator of the hit Broadway show has something to say about its relevance to the current political climate, and you need to hear what he has to say.
Lin-Manuel Miranda recently paid Jimmy Fallon a virtual visit on The Tonight Show where he reflected on how the musical relates to recent events surrounding the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Fun show tonight! Random Object Freestyle with @Lin_Manuel! I’m chatting with Kenya Barris @funnyblackdude, #AskTheFallons returns, and Michael Stipe & @aaron_dessner perform together for the first time! pic.twitter.com/hNrlXhuIm6
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“So much of the show is about legacy and how you can’t control it—you can only make what you make and do what you do and the rest is really not up to you,” Miranda told Fallon. “And, so, I’m incredibly proud when I see ‘This is not a moment, it’s a movement’ or ‘History has its eyes on you’ at a Black Lives Matter protest.”
“Seeing King George singing like ‘What Comes Next?’—you could feel the audience be like, ‘Ughhhh, what does come next?'” he went on to explain. “Because it brushes up against this origin story, because it’s the story of the one immigrant among the founders, like, it always has something to say about the moment because we’re constantly dealing with the past and, if this moment is any indication, like, we’re never done with the past, we’re never done with the sins of the founders, we’re never done with the flaws, the contradictions in the founding.”
Haven’t been lucky enough to score tickets to see Hamilton on Broadway? You’re in luck: the hit musical is coming to Disney+ for all to see. A filmed performance featuring the original cast will be released to the streaming platform on July 3, just in time for Independence Day.
Be sure to check it out.